Taking heed of this advice, I watched the movie twice (back-to-back).
Schizopolis (1996) is an experimental and non-linear film composed of three different segments. The story follows the life of Fletcher Munsen, an office drone and a dentist, Dr. Korchek both played by the director, writer, editor, cinematographer, Steven Soderbergh.
One of the central themes in the movie is the lack of communication. The story elaborates on this theme in four ways. The first is seen in the first two minute of the movie when the man gives the viewers a disclaimer. Already, the man sets up the viewers to a predestined conclusion in which he assumes the viewers will not understand the movie the first time around Hence setting up the theme from the get go.
The second example of the theme involves the characters talking with one another. When Fletcher Munsen comes home from work, he greets his wife by not saying what he wants to say, but describes what he intends to say. So for example, instead of the husband saying, Hello, he says:
She in turn responds with, "Generic greeting returned"
When Munsen inquires about dinner, he says, "Imminent sustenance?"
And his wife shoots back with, "Overly dramatic statement regarding upcoming meal."
The third example takes from the same scenario. The husband this time around greets his wife by speaking in a foreign language. Further emphasizing on the lack of communication between the disgruntled married couple.
The final example is of Dr. Korchek sending one of his patients, "Attractive Woman Number 2", a lewd and very confessional love letter. Speaking on behalf of the dentist, Dr. Korchek's letter was more or less innocently written out of sheer passion. He was immediately consumed by her beauty and whereby he foolishly thought she would share his level of intensity. No, instead she filed a sexual harassment suit against him.
The lack of communication is one of the most obvious themes in this movie. I know there is so much more layers that can be uncovered from the story, but because I did not completely understand the movie the second time around, I must do what the man had asked me to do from the beginning and watch the movie again until I fully understand.
plus its freakin' hilarious.